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Joris Roelofs - Rope Dance

Catalogue numberBIS-2453 SACD
Release date2021-05-07
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time52:06

The award-winning Dutch composer and bass clarinet player Joris Roelofs is also currently working on a PhD dissertation on Friedrich Nietzsche, improvisation and the notion of freedom. On the album Rope Dance he is able to combine all of this, in a suite of twelve pieces inspired by Nietzsche – ‘by far the most musical of philosophers’ according to Roelofs. It is especially the parable of the tightrope walker in the opening section of ‘Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for All and None’ that has provided him with inspiration for his own ‘Light-Footed Music for All and None’.

It is not surprising that Nietzsche’s thoughts about free spirits, liberated from conventional constraints and belief systems, resonate particularly well with musicians working with improvisation and across genres. Roelofs has therefore been able to gather a group of highly versatile colleagues from the Benelux jazz scene to perform his music: pianist Bram de Looze, bass player Clemens van der Feen and Martijn Vink on drums. The album also confirms the multi-faceted talents of bassoonist Bram van Sambeek, following previous recordings on BIS of classical, pre-Romantic and contemporary concertos, as well as hard rock covers with the group ORBI (the Oscillating Revenge of the Background Instruments).
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Roelofs, Joris
  Rope Dance: Light-Footed Music for All and None 51:35
01 Beware the Buffoon! 04:40 $ 0.56 USD
02 Sweet Superman 09:07 $ 1.09 USD
03 Rope Dancer 05:34 $ 0.67 USD
04 Are Your Feet Light Enough? 01:26 $ 0.17 USD
05 If You Gaze Long into an Abyss… 04:02 $ 0.48 USD
06 Off Balance 01:02 $ 0.12 USD
07 Eternal Recurrence 06:50 $ 0.82 USD
08 The Three Metamorphoses 03:44 $ 0.45 USD
09 …The Abyss Will Gaze Back into You 02:57 $ 0.35 USD
10 The Master Can’t Dance 01:41 $ 0.20 USD
11 The Convalescent 07:59 $ 0.96 USD
12 The Laughing Child 02:33 $ 0.31 USD
  Album total 52:06
ComposerRoelofs, Joris
BassoonSambeek, Bram van
ClarinetRoelofs, Joris
PianoLooze, Bram de
Double bassFeen, Clemens van der
DrumsVink, Martijn

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